Due to high demand at Leckhampton C of E primary school, Gloucestershire County Council has approved plans for the school to expand and this will commence in 2019/20.
Growing pressure on school places is expected to lead to a growth of about 50%. The local authority is also planning to create a £30 million secondary school which will house 900 pupils. According to Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth, it is the responsibility and a priority of the council to make sure that there are enough spaces in the schools to accommodate children. “The additional places will make a huge difference to families in the area, and plans for the new buildings will be a really welcome addition to the school by providing an even better learning and working environment for pupils and staff.”
Head Teacher at Leckhampton, Sam Porter, said, “As a school, we look forward to working with Gloucestershire County Council, parents and the wider community on this exciting project, which will not only provide more spaces for local children but enable us to enhance the learning environment for everyone. I will continue to work with the county council to ensure these legitimate concerns are addressed and mitigations properly funded and delivered.”
There will be a drop-in for the local community and parents in the coming months, this will allow them view the options for the building work required to accommodate the extra spaces.